Largemouth but not quite large-mouthed enough

This is a weird incident to come upon. The guy does the right thing and not only lets us see it but lets them go.

Angler lands two big bass, including one trying to eat the other.

A fisherman at Lake Austin, presumably in Texas, recently caught two keeper-size largemouth bass without even casting a line. But the bizarre twist to this story is that one of the lunkers had half-swallowed the other, even though it was about the same size.

Video of the incident:

Actually, the eater fish looks like he might be a little more “large-mouthed” than is good for him. I seriously wonder if these would have survived. They both probably would have died. We KNOW this happens. See this fossil!

What a way to go. Happy ending to this, though. They will live to be fished another day.

Nature is weird.

It's a fish it fish world out there. Don't bite more than you can chew.

It’s a fish-eat- fish world out there. Don’t bite more than you can chew.

  4 comments for “Largemouth but not quite large-mouthed enough

  1. April 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    We raised Largemouth Bass for a nutrition study when I was in grad school in KY. They do this all the time. They have no concept of mouth size vs. prey size ratio.

  2. April 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Would you separate the bass when that happened? Did any naturally dislodge when left to their own devices?

  3. April 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    As a thoroughly addicted fisherman, I can provide anecdotal cases where I’ve been bringing in a bass and to have a larger fish come up from behind and attempt to eat the one on my line. I’ve never managed to land the two, however. I’ve also gone ice fishing and had a perch on the line when something with teeth decided it wanted the perch more. I usually loose the perch or get one with mangled scales but I have brought at least one in that was missing its tail. I assume I’m dealing with northern pike or large trout stealing my perch — not the Loch Ness monster.

    Game fish can be ridiculously aggressive. Bass are even more so when they are nesting and they will attack anything if it gets near their nest. Salamanders are among the most hated of adversaries (hint, hint).

  4. April 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Why did you do that? Couldn’t you see they were in love?

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